$3 Photo Display Gift & Free Printables!

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Welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Event!

You guys know my love for cheap but thoughtful gifts!  With 5 kiddos, and a huge family I am always trying to find awesome gift ideas that don’t break the bank.

I love photo gifts!  This is a super simple, cheap and cute way to display photos.

Here is how mine turned out…

Cost to make these babies??

Woohoo!  It makes a great gift for friends and family.

And, here is how I made it!

For those of you that don’t have a saw…  This is one you need to have.  You can EASILY cut this project and so many others on our site using this.  Cheap and easy… Promise!

That’s a stocking stuffer gals!  Come on… You will thank me!  This is a perfect ‘craft’ saw, and you would be shocked at how many projects you can do with it!

You can also have the hardware store cut the wood for you.  HD has a handsaw just like this one in the wood section at all times.

If you don’t have a drill, you can also use a hammer and a small nail.  Just hammer the nail into where you want your holes. and then remove the nail using the other end of the hammer.  Voila!

That’s it for the building part!

Now you are ready for the FREE printables!

I decided to give you guys some options for these!  I made 4 to choose from.  Whether you are making this as a gift to someone else or for yourself, I got you covered! ;-)

To print these, just click the photo for each one.  Once it opens, just click print from your top browser bar.

I printed mine on cream colored 8.5×11 cardstock.  I like the weight of cardstock paper for this project, and you can get it super cheap at any craft store.

I chose to use upholstery tacks to hold my paper in place.  These can be found at any craft or hardware store.  They are really cheap and cute.

You can also find some HERE on Amazon!

They are also really easy to remove by using a small screwdriver under the head of the nail.  This makes changing out your printable really easy!

Your final step is adding photos!  I like to print my photos out on photo paper at home.  This saves me lots of money, and keeps me from dragging my 5 kiddos to Walmart to pick up photos… Win win!

I cut my photos out, put them on the display and I was DONE.  So quick, so cheap, but still so cute!  My kind of project!  And… Did I mention I made these babies for…

Yah… Just making sure!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

I would love for you to share this $3 gift with your friends and PIN it of course!!

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A little bit more about the Shanty Sisters…

 

We are 2 sisters sharing how we transform our homes on a budget!  With 8 kiddos between the two of us, we put every naptime to good use ;-)!

From building projects like this $65 farmhouse table

To transforming things like this $15 mirror made from a Walmart mirror

And even offering free printables like our latest free alphabet banner!

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  • April

    Love, love, love projects like this that are quick and easy, and still adorable. I’ve cut everything, and just need to stain and piece together. I printed on cardstock, and for an added touch, I’ll cover with a 4″x11″ piece of .08″ thick plexi – will pre-drill holes for nails. The upholstery nails are plenty long enough, so I don’t foresee any issues. Custom cuts of plexi can be costly. One online company wanted to charge $9.50 per 4″x11″ sheet! I bought an 18″x24″ piece at Lowe’s for ~$8.50, and they cut 8 sheets from it. I didn’t expect them to cut anything, but they offered to when I asked whether they had plexi scoring tools. Now that’s customer service! Priced everything out, and even with plexi, they’re just a few
    pennies over $3 each. Thank you, ladies!!! You are awesome, and have inspired me to be one with the power tools.

  • Cheyenne Morris

    Here r the ones I made 4 my boys and a friends boys teacher gifts this year! I made 8 of these and they were a huge hit!!! Thank u Shanty-2-Chic!!! :-)

  • Angie Z

    I am trying to print these but the letters are at the edge of the paper, is there a way to print with enough blank paper at the edge for the tacks?? I’ve tried looking for a way to change the margins but so far am having no luck. Thanks

    • Jenna Dean

      I’m having the same problem. One thing I found was if in the print box I select “shrink to printable area” it gave me a little more margin but definitely not as much as is shown in the picture. It seems to have a larger margin one one side the other?

      • Angie Z

        The fix that I found worked best was to download or open in Adobe Reader. Once open, choose print, then where it says “page sizing and handling” choose poster. You can adjust the “tile scale” to 80-90%, depending on what you like, this will give you room on the side. I also changed it to “landscape” in properties to print. Hopefully this helps someone!! =)

  • Casey

    Love this project and pretty much anything you girls make! Question: what size prints did you use to make the arrangement like the one you have? Can’t wait to make mine for gifts this year!!

  • 1219keb

    I made one of these last weekend and it turned out great! I couldn’t find the ornament hooks since it’s February, so I used place card holders and cut off the bottom with wire cutters. That worked beautifully!

  • Heather Estes

    Do you have any other sayings? Im looking for one that says grandkids, or I love my kids.

  • Karen

    I am so making these!! Thanks for the idea!

  • Paula

    Where can more printable be found if a person would like to use something different

  • http://www.facebook.com/holly.mcgeeaustin Holly McGee Austin

    Gorgeous!!! Making this for a hostess gift this weekend :) Thanks for the amazing inspiration over and over again!

  • Christine

    How many coats of the stain were used for this project? I’m absoluty making these! Beautiful idea and thanks for sharing!

  • Kimberly Hottenstein

    Great easy gift idea. Quick question…how do you keep your cardstock from puckering once it’s been nailed to your board. I made the father’s day photo boards, and my photo eventually puckered out after being nailed to the board even though I tried so hard to keep it tight. Thanks for sharing this.

    • smileyk01

      Maybe you could ModPodge the card stock to the wood prior to putting the nails in?

    • Christine

      The cardstock puckers terribly no matter how tight it is when you tack it to the wood :( Other than that, they look great. I wish I had seen this comment prior to making 27 of them

      • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

        I’m not sure what’s going on girls… Mine is still sitting perfectly like I made it?? Wish I could offer more help, but I make things like this with cardstock quite a bit, and have never run into this problem.

        • Christine

          Possibly the cardstock? I got mine at Michael’s because our Hobby Lobby hasn’t opened yet. I thought it was good quality stock, the better of what they offered there
          If you think of a way to salvage these, I’m open to ideas!
          Thanks!

          • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

            Maybe try reprinting on photo paper?? Hopefully that wouldn’t do the same! Just use a small flat screwdriver to pop your nails out and put them back in.

  • http://twitter.com/ramsaygrace Trin @ ramsaygrace

    I just love this gift idea…thoughtful and doesn’t break the bank! This would make terrific gifts for co-workers or neighbors too. I could put the family name on the paper. Cute, cute, cute! I’m pinning now. :-)